Anatel to consider ending mobile sales ban in 20 days

20 Jul 2012

Bloomberg reports that Brazil’s telecoms watchdog is considering lifting its ban on new mobile subscriptions by three leading cellcos – TIM Brasil, Oi SA and Telecom Americas (Claro) – in a number of states in around 20 days, Bloomberg quotes a government official familiar with the matter as saying. It is believed that the national regulator will need approximately two weeks to review the investment proposals of the three firms involved, the source said, who declined to be named due to the confidential nature of the discussions.

As reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, Anatel this week ordered TIM Brasil, Oi SA and Claro to stop selling new cellphone plans in certain states, in response to a rising tide of customer complaints over poor service quality, including dropped calls and patchy coverage. The regulator announced that, in each of the country’s 26 states and the federal district Brasilia, the cellco with the worst service record will be barred from selling new mobile plans. The edict came into effect on Monday, and has resulted in Telecom Italia’s TIM Brasil unit being barred from selling plans in 19 states; Oi SA has been prohibited from signing up new users in five; and Claro has been served a desist order in three states. Only Vivo, the Brazilian asset of Telefonica of Spain, has so far escaped sanctions.